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Noradrenaline effects on social behaviour, intergroup relations, and moral decisions

Terbeck, S, Savulescu, J, Chesterman, LP and Cowen, PJ (2016) Noradrenaline effects on social behaviour, intergroup relations, and moral decisions. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 66. pp. 54-60. ISSN 0149-7634

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Recent research has begun to elucidate the neural basis of higher order social concepts, such as the mechanisms involved in intergroup relations, and moral judgments. Most theories have concentrated on higher order emotions, such as guilt, shame, or empathy, as core mechanisms. Accordingly, psychopharmacological and neurobiological studies have investigated the effects of manipulating serotonin or oxytocin activity on moral and social decisions and attitudes. However, recently it has been determined that changes in more basic emotions, such as fear and anger, might also have a significant role in social and moral cognition. This article summarizes psychopharmacological and fMRI research on the role of noradrenaline in higher order social cognition suggesting that indeed noradrenergic mediated affective changes might play key – and probably causal – role in certain social attitudes and moral judgments. Social judgments may also be directly influenced by numerous neurotransmitter manipulations but these effects could be mediated by modulation of basic emotions which appear to play an essential role in the formation of social concepts and moral behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical and Health Sciences, 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 13:39
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:04
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.03.031
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12081
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